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Great interactive Google doodle for Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder Doodle

Alexander Calder Doodle

Today ist the 113th birthday of the famous amarican artist Alexander Calder. Calder was a very playful artist and a leading exponent of kinetic art. Kinetic art is art that works with moving things. He invents the artistic (outdoor) mobile. Google honors this protagonists of abstract art with an interactive doodle on the homepage. The following video gives an idea of the interaktive moving doodle:

The Doodle shows the Google Logo as little forms on a mobile. The were colored as the Google-chars. I made an image to illustrate this:

Alexander Calder Doode chars

Alexander Calder Doode chars

I really love the shadow of the mobile below the search buttons. Todays doodle was obviously inspired by a work that is called „The star“:

"The star" by Alexander Calder

"The star" by Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder’s life

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder was born on 22 July 1898 in Pennsylvania (USA). His father and grandfather were artists, it was obvious that the little Alexander was given a three-dimensional sense of things. His artistic career began with traditional drawings and paintings. As often in those days a visit to Paris in 1926-27 changes everything: it was an an artistic turning: Calder began to deal with mobiles. With his early concepts he was traveling not only into kinetic art, but also into abstraction.

„In June 1929, while traveling from Paris to New York, Calder met his future wife, Louisa James, grandniece of author Henry James and philosopher William James. They married in 1931. While in Paris, Calder met and became friends with a number of avant-garde artists, including Joan Miró, Jean Arp, and Marcel Duchamp. A visit to Piet Mondrian’s studio in 1930 „shocked“ him into embracing abstract art.“ source: Wikipedia

Alexander Calder dies in 1976.


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Category: Google Doodle | Author: Martin Missfeldt   4 Kommentare

4 Comments zu "Great interactive Google doodle for Alexander Calder"

  1. REET

    Did you hear about Google’s next plan for a logo change? It’s Wilbur Jefferson Jr’s 217th anniversary (if he would have remained married to his second wife). It’s a very important day and way more important than anything else in the world. I’m SURE you’re familiar with Wilbur, right? He used to chew up really colorful things and spit them onto a canvass. Some say he was way more talented that Pollack or maybe even Andrew Warhole.

    P.S. I like pretty colors.

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